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Old 11-27-2014, 12:54 AM   #1
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Glovebox lock broken by a "thief" and it's locked now

Well the prospective thief was not successful, so now neither the mechanical nor electronic lock are working in my girlfriends 2004 325 CI vert.

I searched on this and other sites for postings about gloveboxes and the locks. And tried to open it by putting a screw driver up to to push the latch unsuccessfully. Is there a trick to this?

Attached a photo of the broken lock with broken electrical connections.

If I can't open it without breaking it, I guess the alternative is to get another box. I seem to recall you have to put it in from the front of the car. Is there any photos of how to do it on this site? Someone has multiple glove boxes on EBay for app. $50+$19 shipping. My girlfriend already bought a new mechanical lock that works with the key. The next project will be to look into getting the electronic lock to work.
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Old 12-01-2014, 08:46 AM   #2
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You could just replace the lock. Just buy a new one from BMW. The only thing is you'd have to have a 2nd key (or if they re-key - not sure) as since the lock is broken, you couldn't switch your old lock into the new glove box. You shouldn't need to get a whole glove box unless they damaged that too. BTW, if it is your glove box, I have an extra one I could sell, good condition. It's black.
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Old 12-01-2014, 11:34 PM   #3
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Thanks John! I already got the new mechanical lock that works with the current key. But before we put it in, the problem is that the glove box is locked and I have not figured out how to open it. If I figure that out, yes, we would just need to replace the lock. Possible both the electronic (looks like it might be damaged) and mechanical lock. Otherwise I am assuming we would need a new box. If that is the case we are looking for a gray one.

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Old 12-02-2014, 05:20 AM   #4
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Old 12-02-2014, 06:21 AM   #5
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This is where I applied pressure with the screwdriver:
(It looks like this piece is broken on your lock.)

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Old 12-02-2014, 08:55 AM   #6
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Thanks John! I already got the new mechanical lock that works with the current key. But before we put it in, the problem is that the glove box is locked and I have not figured out how to open it. If I figure that out, yes, we would just need to replace the lock. Possible both the electronic (looks like it might be damaged) and mechanical lock. Otherwise I am assuming we would need a new box. If that is the case we are looking for a gray one.
Ah, thanks for clarifying. So does the lock turn at all with the key or is it "completely" damaged? If it turns, it would seem you could eventually get it open. If not, you will likely have to pry/break it open.
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Old 12-02-2014, 08:19 PM   #7
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Thanks John. If you double click on the photo you will see they destroyed the lock and they might have damaged the electronic look too. So no trick on how to reach the mechanical lock, when the hole is open? I was trying to save the box ....
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:00 AM   #8
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Thanks jfoj. The photo and explanations posted in the first link by ixobelle and dave seems to be right on. Same for wildirish317. Thanks to you!!!! And I read the thread in the same link again, and realized how much jfoj know about the glovebox and the latches, so after re-reading that I am strongly hoping it can be opened . Thanks!!

Will try Friday and let you know. I am optimistic.

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Old 12-04-2014, 08:48 AM   #9
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So solved?
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:21 AM   #10
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No unfortunately the "arm" does not move enough ;(. We tried to lock and unlock the car as well, while applying pressure to the arm. No luck. So is the next step to take out the box? Which as far as I can tell is really hard.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:16 AM   #11
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Are you able to pry the box open at all? From there you might be able to "break" the lock and get it open. Removing the glove box is not hard, but I don't recall being able to do it without opening it, as there are screws inside that help hold it in.
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:30 PM   #12
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Awhile back, I took the glove box lock apart trying to get it open without using the key. Anyhow, first time putting it back together, wouldn't open with or without the key. Was able to get the door off at the hings.
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